Thursday, January 8, 2015

Corporate and Financial Law Colloquium: Call for Papers

[The following announcement is posted on behalf of The Michigan – Jindal Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy, Jindal Global Law School]


Corporations form the backbone of a country’s economy and the status of its commercial laws determines the robustness of its economy. Corporations not only assist in improving the local economy, they also play a key role in raising global capital and furthering investments, both domestic and foreign.

Like many other emerging economies, India has been on a path of rapid economic liberalization and accompanying growth. This growth has required equally strong corporate governance norms which have been implemented in India in the last ten years or so. Drawing from the recommendations of the Cadbury Committee Report and later, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Securities and Exchange Board of India formulated and implemented corporate governance laws. However, the enactment of the Companies Act, 2013 brings to the proverbial corporate table, new issues on how companies are run, and more importantly, how they should be run. In addition, various sectors and areas of law are undergoing significant changes due to a variety of reasons, such as economic reforms, rethinking of institutional policy and implementation of appropriate regulatory mechanisms to deal with rapid socio-economic changes.

The Michigan – Jindal Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy, Jindal Global Law School is proud to announce the Inaugural Corporate and Financial Law Colloquium to be held at the OPJGU campus from April 15th, 2015 to April 17th 2015.

The goal of this colloquium is to present an important opportunity for practitioners, academicians, law students, representatives of regulatory bodies, businesses, investors and stakeholders to engage and reflect on issues relevant to corporate governance and emerging legal, policy and regulatory challenges and developments in rapidly developing areas such as banking, competition and corporate fund-raising. We welcome theoretical, empirical as well as practitioners’ perspectives.

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited on a number of broad themes around which the conference will be organized. Selected papers pertaining to each theme will be discussed in a panel consisting of presenters as well as experienced members of the JGLS faculty. These themes, along with suggested sub-topics are as follows:

* Competition Law
- Growing trends in combination regulation
- Emerging overlap between competition and intellectual property in the innovation industry
- Competition compliance

* Corporate Governance/CSR
- Board liability and responsibility
- Role of Corporate Gatekeepers - Merchant Banks, Auditors and Corporate Lawyers
- Minority shareholder protection
- Comparative Corporate Governance

* Corporate Fund-Raising
- Challenges for Indian corporates to raise money from international capital market
- Comparison of raising finances through share issuances and through debt
- Types of debt instruments available to Indian corporates
- Considerations in determining mode of corporate financing

* Contract Drafting
- Fashioning remedies
- Drafting clauses on dispute resolution - traps for the unwary
- Indemnification

* Insurance
-The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2008
- Developments in insurance regulation
- Consumer protection in insurance
- Insurance product oversight and governance

* Banking
- Competition in the Banking Sector
- Regulation of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)
- The Sanctity of Debt-contract: Problems and Solutions
- The Rise of E-banking: Role of Law

* Islamic Finance/ Banking
- Standardization of Contemporary Islamic Finance
- Product Development in Islamic Finance
- Islamic Microfinance 
- Sharia-Compliant Infinitives to Islamic Finance  

Timing and Deadlines

The conference will run from April 15th, 2015 to April 17th 2015 (both days inclusive) and will be held at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, NCR of Delhi, India.

- Abstracts of not more than 500 words are required to be submitted via email by January 30th, 2014 to Arjya Majumdar at Email submissions must have “Corporate and Financial Law Colloquium – Abstract Submission” as the subject header.

- Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by February 15th, 2015.

- Selected participants must send in their confirmation of registration and draft papers (8,000 – 10,000 words) by March 20th, 2015. Registration modalities will be informed to selected participants separately. Draft papers must be submitted in MS Word *.doc (Times New Roman, font size 12, double spacing) format, in UK English and footnotes should conform to the requirements of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.).

Accommodation & local transfers

Jindal Global Law School will provide accommodation to the participants on the university premises. Transfers to and from the Delhi airport will also be provided.

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